Before It Was Mom & Dad's Icehouse

R.M. Dickson General Store

R.M. Dickson built a general store in 1860 that lasted into the 1930s. A building he built in 1892 was still in use as a grocery store in 1989.

RM Dickson Groceries Dry Goods & Clothes c. 1900
Photo: Lexington Log Cabins & Heritage Society

Trade Token from Lexington IGA
Photo: Portal to Texas History

In 1937 James Shaw rode horseback into the Lee County area in 1837 seeking a favorable grant of land as a reward for his military service to the Republic of Texas. At the time, a few families were living east of his claim at that time. Among the other early settlers in the area were Titus Mundine, Gabriel Smith, and Thomas Suppington.

In 1848 a post office named String Prairie opened with Shaw as the postmaster; he was also the schoolteacher, a surveyor, and a legislator. In 1850 the community changed its name to Lexington, after the town in Massachusetts. The economy was based on farming and open-range ranching. Settlers on the prairie east of the settlement raised cotton. In 1869 twenty-one families moved by wagontrain from Mississippi, and most settled in this area. As the population increased so did the need for services: general stores, gristmills, blacksmith and wood-working shops, and saloons opened.

Robert Dickson was a merchant in Alexandria, Calhoun, Alabama until he moved to Texas in April 1860. He was in the mercantile business until his death in 1893. The store's sign "R. M. Dickson-General Merchandise-1860" was painted on the front of the red brick building in Lexington for nearly one hundred years.

Source: Texas State Historical Association Handbook of Texas; A History of Lee County Texas

Nancy's Connection

R.M. Dickson (1775–1854) was Nancy Hardy Perry's great, great grandfather. His daughter, Lou Cora Dickson Smith was her maternal great grandmother. Both, along with the majority of the Dickson and Smith family are buried in Prospect Cemetery.

Then and Now

IGA Lexington Mercantile


Mr. Paul Knippa c. 1940s
Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Ricketson c. 1960s
Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Hooper c. 1970s
Mr. & Mrs. Rick Green c. 1980s

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